Monday, August 31, 2015

new

My sister designed this fabric line called Good Neighbors for Connecting Threads and it is now on sale.  I like it a lot, especially the fabric with flowers...she used some of the orange on a zipper pouch she gave me.
It is kind of crazy where our lives take us.   I remember wanting to be a teacher since I was in elementary school, but I do not think my sister thought at that age she was going to design fabric, or even make a living by quilting, and blogging...well there was not even the Internet at that point.


Monday, August 24, 2015

fabric finds


I finally got a chance to go to S R Harris to look for fabric.  My sister had told me about it, and other quilters had mentioned it as well.  The good thing was the things I had heard about it helped me expect the grand scale of fabric.  Although some say it is not a good place to look for fabric if you have something specific in mind, that was what I was doing.  Five of the six fabrics I hope to use for my hexagon quilt.  Since I am not the shopper some of my friends are, I am glad that I went alone or would have been ready to leave before all of them.  If you have several hours and extra money to spend on fabric, a stop here would be worthwhile. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee was not as riveting a read as Lee's first book, To Kill a Mockingbird.  It is more story about Scout, but now she is in her twenties and has returned to Maycomb from New York City for a short vacation.  Atticus, Aunt Alexandra, Calpurnia are there in the book, but Jem and Dill are gone (except in references to the past).  There is a young man Henry, and Atticus' older brother Dr. Finch makes a strong appearance.  It took over a hundred pages to get to the problem in the story with lots of introspection.  It is offensive at times because of the attitude toward African Americans and the use of profanity.  Though I am glad that I read the book, it is not likely that I will read it over and over like I have done with To Kill a Mockingbird.  Have you read it?  What did you think?      

Friday, August 14, 2015

Click, Clack, Peep!

Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is a new book about some well-known characters, Farmer Brown and his animals.  This story has a bit of a different type of story than the others and so I enjoyed it more than the others.  The book begins with no noise from any of the animals because they are waiting for an egg to hatch.  Once the egg hatches, everyone hears peep, peep, peep.  With no stop to this, the animals are forced to leave the barn to get some sleep.  Of course, Farmer Brown cannot sleep either.  In the end, Duck is actually the one who figures out how to get Baby Duck to fall asleep.  If you know of a child who has enjoyed the other books by this author/illustrator team, this new book will probably be a winner with him or her. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

new things in town

I have been spending more and more time here in LP (I moved into an apartment last week), and am discovering the changes that have taken place in my absence.  Earlier in the week I found a Free Little Library.  I think it is the first little library in town but not the first that I have seen.
There is also a new nine hole disc golf course.  I am looking forward to playing through the course sometime soon, though it does not look like it will be easy since there are lots of trees.  Among other new things, the bike path down to the lake has been resurfaced, there is a different pastor at my church, and my walk to work will now be about ten minutes instead of five.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Herman's Letter

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival is a book that most children would enjoy.  Herman and Henry are very good friends.  Henry moves far away, but is determined to keep in touch with Herman by mail.  With lift the flap letters, it is a story about change and friendship that will engage any age student and many adults.  I look forward to see what else Percival creates in the future.